Do You Have to Apply Sunscreen for a 10-Minute Walk to Work?

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Q: Do I have to apply sunscreen for a 10-minute walk to work?

Oz Says: My question right back to you is this: Why wouldn't you? Even a little sun exposure adds up over a lifetime and can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research for the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Think about it: Ten minutes each workday adds up to more than 43 hours a year!

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Plus, it's Murphy's Law: The day you opt out of sunscreen, you'll also find yourself running to the dry cleaner and the post office, then waiting in the sun for someone who's late — all when rays are most potent (between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). So just take 10 seconds in the morning to apply your SPF product and enjoy a worry-free walk to work!

What You Need: On an average day, you don't need a serious, ready-for-the-beach slather. A moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher should be fine. Remember to reapply throughout the day before going back out into the sun.

This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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